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I’ve done this post before – around a year ago (you can check it out here) and it provided a good few laughs so I thought I’d do another one, although admittedly I think this time’s search terms are less funny.

1. harry Ginny brave girl – This is just a somewhat random collection of words but I appreciate the fact that Ginny gets a capital letter but harry doesn’t. I did write a post about Ginny that I really love though – here it is!

2. ya romance tropes – This is the most popular search terms leading to my blog – clearly you guys really just want to find out about ya romance tropes – you can check out my take on them here

3. Sally Slater wattpad interview – This is one of my fave interviews with an indie author who was previously on Wattpad before becoming published. I love supporting littler authors like that so you can read that interview here

4. Amazon kindle girl – Not really sure what this person is looking for – kindle books for girls, a girl that reads a kindle or what? 🤔 Nevertheless this somehow lead to my blog – I guess I am a girl that has an Amazon kindle

5. books ive read over the summer – I hate to break it to you but Google probably won’t be able to tell you the books that you’ve read over the summer, however on the other hand if you want to see the books I read over the summer of 2014 you can see that here.

6. “Books of 2017” – Again bit of a confusing search term and I don’t really understand why the sarcastic quotation marks were needed. But if what they were looking for were my top 5 books of 2017 – they could have found them here

7. what disney has taught me – It’s true, Disney teaches us some important life lessons and clearly someone was in need of some of those pieces of advice – you can also read that here


Since I don’t really DNF books and if I do I don’t record it today I’m going to list books that looking back I wish I’d DNFed:

All the Bright Places – This is a book that is massively popular but I’m being honest I’m just not a massive fan. I’m not sure I can even put finger on why but to me it felt quite cliché and like other books I’ve read.

Pandemonium – This series just had a load of really random and very frustrating endings so I stopped after this book but I wish I hadn’t bothered with this one either the ending was so annoying!

If I Stay – This is another popular YA contemporary that I just wasn’t big fan of. If I’m being honest it wasn’t that memorable so I can’t even tell you why I didn’t enjoy it but I just remember not being bothered by it the whole way through.

Fallen – I read this in that period of time where everyone was absolutely obsessed with paranormal YA, just after Twilight but this one just wasn’t great at all!

The Selection – The issue with this one was it wasn’t what I expected – I’d heard so many good things from other people and the blurb made it sound super exciting and dramatic so when it came to it I felt a little let down.

Hush, Hush – Another paranormal YA that I read in that period of time when that was the only type of book I seemed to read but it wasn’t really that great. It’s just very similar to lots of other books I’ve read.

Looking for Alaska – I’m not the biggest John Green fan but I did enjoy both The Fault in Our Stars and Paper Towns. However I just wasn’t really a big fan of this one, who knows why?

This isn’t quite ten, I only made it to seven but here are the books I wish I’d DNFed! Which books do you wish you’d DNFed?


Now this might seem like a bit of an odd post from a book blogger and book lover, but we have to face the truth. We can’t possibly keep all the books we’ve ever owned so how do we get rid of them?

1. Gift them to family or friends – perhaps you’ve grown out of a certain book, so then why not gift it to a younger friend or relative? Or if you’ve got more than one copy of a book you enjoyed then maybe you could give it to a friend with similar reading tastes.

2. Send them to a charity shop – Charity shops are always looking for things to sell and books are always popular! Charity shops will take any book in decent condition and will be able to turn your unwanted books into money for charities. And in the UK there are loads of different choices of charity shops from Cancer Research to Save the Children and RSCPA so you can send your books off to a charity that means a lot to you.

3. Sell them – If you have particularly good book, perhaps a signed copy or good quality box set you could try selling them on somewhere like eBay – I know I’ve bought books second hand online before.

4. Send them off on book selling websites – You send off boxes of books to websites such as Zapper and Ziffit where you can sell books for somewhere between 3p to £1.50. They won’t take every book and they have a minimum of £5 or £10 worth of books before they’ll allow you to send them a box but this can be a good way to make a bit of money very easily from some of your old books before you send them rest of them off to a charity shop.

5. Swap them on #booksfortrade – Obviously you can’t sell ARCs so this is a great way to give rid of some of your old ARCs you don’t want and get some new books in return.

So those are my top five ways of getting rid of books! Have you tried any of these or do you have other ways of getting rid of old books?


Today is World Book Day – the day we celebrate books and reading and all the awesomeness that comes along with it! Don’t get me wrong, I’m up for celebrating books all year round but there’s something special about today!

I have fond memories of World Book Day – the first of which must have been when I was about 7 ish and dressed up as Sophie from The BFG in my pink nighty and a pair of my dad’s old glasses with the lenses removed. I remember being so proud of my costume and absolutely loving the day.

The next World Book Day I remember we had a pyjama day where everyone came in wearing their pjs and we drank hot chocolate and read the books we’d brought in.

Since then, there has been less dressing up but just as much reading and celebrating books so here’s to a great (albeit snowy) World Book Day and making fond memories for the future!


I’m a teenage girl and maybe I’m an anomaly but I’ve never had to choose between two ridiculously handsome guys that are fighting over me. Come to think of it, none of my friends have either. In fact I don’t think I’ve heard of a single real teenager being involved in the trauma that is a love triangle. So why are there so many damn love triangles in YA books?

I may have never had to choose between my own Peeta and Gale or Edward and Jacob, but I’ve certainly had my fair share of friendship triangles. For those of who you who don’t know what that is (which is entirely fair enough – it’s not exactly a technical term) it’s basically the frienship equivalent of a love triangle, that is to say having to make hard choices between friends and the jealousy and friction which can occur in mutiple people friendships.

One of these struggles I can remember most vividly is when I moved to secondary, with many of my friends from my primary and obviously got introduced to a whole new pool of potential friends, one of whom I became close with pretty much immeadiately. We had surnames that began with the same letter, meaning we sat next to each other in pretty much every lesson and had lots of similar interests. This caused conflict between me and my best friend, who felt like she’d been replaced and over time we grew apart. Now we’re acquaintances and we make polite chat regularly but we’re not at all close. Of course, I can only tell my side of the story and how I experienced things and I can’t speak for either of the other girls but this is just one fo the many examples I have in my own life of the challenging dynamics of friendships.

So if this is such a real struggle occuring in teenager’s lives, why is so rarely depicted in young adult novels? Why are we so insistent on focusing on romantic turmoil? Perhaps it’s simply because it makes better reading and forces readers to pick sides, getting them invested in the book. Or maybe it’s due to the fact friendships can be a lot more painful and real for a lot of us.

I’m 18 years old and I’ve never been on a date or been in a relationship. I have had and continue to have countless friends. They are some of the most important people in my life and I don’t know what my life would look like without them. Currently I am more than perfectly happy being single and I see no difference in happiness between my single friends and those who are dating. But when people have difficulties with their friendships, that’s when they really struggle. If this is really the case, why don’t YA books reflect the world teenagers actually live in?

Luckily, not all YA books are lacking meaningful friendships that have their ups and downs, so to end I thought I’d share some of my favourite books with a focus on friendships or that contain friendship triangles.

Beautiful Broken Things by Sara Barnard
Moxie by Jennifer Mathieu
The Spinster Club series by Holly Bourne
The Revenge Playbook by Rachael Allen


So we survived the first month of 2017! Great work from all of us! And when it comes to blogging it went pretty well for me!

This month I read:

When Dimple Met Rishiwhen dimple

Moxiemoxie

Adorkableadorkable

I reviewed these three books here.

My most popular posts this month were:

My Bullet Journal

Top Ten Book I really liked But Can’t Remember Much About

Books I’ve preordered

So those were my three most popular posts this month and all in all I did very well in January in terms of stats – I had my best ever month in all the time I’ve been blogging and reached 700 blog followers!

This month I received:

Love, Hate and Other Filters

Perfect – the UK paperback

These were both books I preordered for myself with an Amazon voucher that I got for Christmas so it was a nice present for me from me in January which is often a hard month!

This month I also joined the Amazon affiliate program which means I might hopefully be able to make a little bit of money from blogging. Obviously I blog because I love it but I do think it would be really cool if I could make some money from it, even if it’s only 10p!

So all in all it was a pretty good month for me, I did a fair amount of reading, managed to keep blogging fairly consistently and really enjoyed myself!

How did your January go? Did you write a Wrap Up? If so send me a link!


Now we’re in a new year, I thought I’d share with you my bookish bucket list!

  1. Read a book in each of the three languages I’m learning – French, Spanish and Russian (This is, outside of class)
  2. Be quoted in a book. I’d love for one of my reviews to be quoted in a published book!
  3. Make some money blogging. Even if it’s just 10p from my new affiliate links, I think it would be really cool to earn something doing something I love so much.
  4. Go to an official blogging event. Technically I’ve been to one of these before but it was ages ago and I’d love to be able to go to more, perhaps a bit more regularly
  5. Reach 1000 blog followers. This just looks like a massive number to me so I would absolutely love to reach it.
  6. Participate in some sort of blogger pen pal or gift swapping scheme. I’ve seen so many cool ones and I’d love to join in some day – it just hasn’t been possible for me yet.
  7. Be a rep for a bookish merch company. I’ve seen a few chances come up for this, I don’t think now’s quite the right time but I’d love to do this someday.
  8. Tell people in my real life about my blog. Currently no one in my real life knows about my blog but I’d love to be confident enough to tell people.
  9. Win a blogger award. I know there are so many great book bloggers out there, this is unlikely to happen but what’s a bucket list without a couple of crazy dreams?
  10. Be happy with my stats. This isn’t really related to what I achieve as statistics but more my attitude towards them. I spend a lot of time worrying about my stats and I want this to stop!

What’s on your blogging or bookish bucket list? Let me know!


On the Fence by Kasie West – A cutesy contemporary with some great family relationships
on the fenc
Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins – A cute romance set in Paris
anna
Poison Study by Maria V. Snyder – a fab YA fantasy with a great herione
poison study
Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater – not your cliché werewolf romance
shiver
Gone by Michael Grant – all the adults disappear, what happens next?
gone
My Life Next Door by Huntley Fitzpatrick – yet another adorable contemporary romance with great family dynamics

my life next door

Beautiful Creatures by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl – An unusual paranormal romance with a historical aspect if I remember correctly

beautiful creatures.pngSo that’s only seven, but I’d say that’s not bad, clearly I’m just good at remembering the plots at books!

What books have you liked but now you think about them can’t really remember much about? Let me know!

All my links are Amazon affiliate links so if you do choose to buy a book based on my recommendations I’ll earn a little bit of money! Thanks guys!

 


When Dimple met Rishi

This was my first read of the year and I couldn’t have been more pleased with it! I loved both of our main characters Dimple and Rishi and their romance was just so cute! I loved how passionate Dimple is about coding and how much Rishi loves art and how they can both support and encourage each other in these different interests. I must confess I’m a huge fan of the hate to love trope and this book is kind of an example of that, how Dimple goes from hating Rishi to, well you’ll see! I also loved seeing both Dimple and Rishi’s family life and how their culture affects the way they live their lives – in very different ways!

All in all, I gave this book 4 stars and would definitely recommend it if you’re a fan of cute romances, girls in STEM, diverse backgrounds and witty humour!

Moxie

This book is just so fabulously feminist! As you can tell from my list of feminist reads, I absolutely love a good feminist YA book and this one definitely fits the bill! It’s about a girl slowly growing the courage to stand up and say something about sexism. I loved this because so often YA heroines are either unnaturally brave or complete wimps – Viv is neither! I could really relate to her, wanting to do something but not knowing where to start and then when she does start, starting small and shy but with the support of others, it growing to something awesome!

I also loved this book’s representation of female friendships, it shows the ups and the downs – the unquestioning support, the struggles of a friend triangle and the beauty in making friends and rediscovering friendships. Moxie also contained a romance, which I must admit I adored, it wasn’t the central plotline, which was nice change.

I gave this book 5 stars and would recommend to literally anyone, feminist or otherwise! It really shows the power of teenage girls and that’s why I loved it so much!

Adorkable

I’ve just sped through this book in one evening since I could get it for free with Kindle Unlimited and I really enjoyed. It was a tad predictable but that didn’t stop it from being a cute, fluffy YA romance read. Sally, the main character, is so awesomely geeky! I didn’t quite understand all the references as I’ve never seen either Star Wars or Star Trek but I was loving the Harry Potter references! She’s sick of her best friend and her mum (these two were so funny together!) sending her on so many blind dates so she decides to get a fake boyfriend. This is an incredibly cheesy and unrealistic YA trope but it’s one I love nevertheless, when people go from pretending to be boyfriend and girlfriend to more! Our dashing hero here to save the day by volunteering as a fake boyfriend is Becks, all round American boy, attractive, sporty and generally lovable!

Even if you don’t have Kindle Unlimited it’s an absolute bargain and a really enjoyable read. I would give it 3.5 stars and would recommend to anyone wanting a cute quick read!

All of these books are currently less than £3 on Amazon Kindle so I recommend you get your hands on them sharpish! All the links in this post are my affiliate links so if you do decide to buy one of these books based on my reviews, I’d love it if you could use those and help a girl out!


So I thought I’d show you guys my bullet journal! I’ve heard a lot of people say they were planning on starting one for 2018 and I decided to do the same. I tried bullet journal in 2017 and did a couple of months of it but then I became so busy with work, I stopped blogging, reading and bullet journaling. So I thought I’d start again in 2018 and here we are! I’m really nosey and love admiring other people’s bullet journal and spreads so I thought I’d return the favour and show you mine. Although I must warn you, mine are nowhere near as pretty as some of the ones I’ve seen.

The first three pages of my bullet journal – after my index, are my key and my stats tracker. My key includes some of the traditional, widely recognised symbols as well as some of my own, that I’ve just made up because I thought they’d come in handy. The second page is my stats tracker and I know stats aren’t the be all and end all of blogging but I like being able to keep track of my stats and see how my blog is doing. The third page is my reading goals for a year, just being kept track of using circles, cut up into little pizza slices. I must confess I also having a blogging stats page which is currently blank as I’m not quite sure to how to organise it.

Next up in my bullet journal, we have a very basic year overview, where each month gets a third of a page so I can write in some key dates for that month. At the time of photographing, all I had on there was my blogiversary, but I’ve since added the release dates of books I’ve preordered and will continue to add important dates throughout the year.

Next up we have my books read, ARCs and backlist books pages which are pretty simple really. My book read page is organised like a book shelf, just to make a little more interesting to look at than just a straight forward list. My ARCS page contains a table with spaces to write the title, author, date released and date I reviewed it. My backlist books page is the simplest of the lot, with just space for me to write down the backlist books I read and track that challenge.

Then we have three more very basic pages that don’t need much explaining, space to write down all the UKYA books I read, all the films I watch and all the books I’ve reviewed.

After that we get to my first monthly set up, for January. First of all I have a monthly overview so I can record which days I post, when books come out and other important dates in January. Then I have a monthly to do list, where I write down all the things that I want to get done that month, without assigning them to a specific day or week.

Finally we have my January habit tracker so I can keep an eye on my reading, post writing, commenting, book buying, tweeting and admin work for my blog. I also have a weekly overview where I write down the tasks I want to get done each day, as well as recording how much I read each day.

So, that’s my bullet journal! What did you think? Do you have a bullet journal? How do you use yours?